Figures reveal cost of parking permits could rise for traders and residents

May 20 2013

Figures have been revealed that show the charges for permits in city parking schemes could rise - with some up to five times more than the current cost.

Figures reveal cost of parking permits could rise for traders and residents

Figures have been revealed that show the charges for permits in city parking schemes could rise - with some up to five times more than the current cost.

Bishopston Councillor David Willingham has published the proposed fees released to councillors in the last few days on his website http://davidwillingham.mycouncillor.org.uk/

They show that residents' permits for the first vehicle could rise from £30 to £48, a second permit from £80 to £96 while a third permit would cost less at £192 rather than the current £200.

The cost of visitors' permits for residents would remain the same - the first 50 free and then the next 50 at £1 each. 

The proposals would see increases for businesses, with a first permit more than doubling from £100 to £240 and the second permit rising from £200 to £360.

It is the customer permits - businesses can buy up to five - that would see the sharpest rise, however, increasing from the current £100 to five times more at £500.

Dr Willingham said almost every trader he has spoken to was concerned about the effect of pay-and-display parking on the viability of their business and the proposed increase in charges.

He said: "I believe that alternatives to pay-and-display need to be considered for the Gloucester Road, and have asked traders to contact me, both with their concerns and their suggestions for how these proposals can be modified to mitigate the potentially disastrous effect it will have on the Gloucester Road."

Mayor George Ferguson has proposed 18 new residents' parking zones around the city as means of tackling commuter parking and traffic.

He told a meeting of residents and traders - a superforum hosted by the Cotham, Bishopston and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership on May 11 - that the schemes would not be "one size fits all" and that he was "willing to flex the system according to local circumstances but I shall not drop the principle".

Find out more about the proposals at www.bristol.gov.uk/rps

A business engagement event where traders can discuss the scheme with the mayor has been arranged on Wednesday, May 22, at 5pm at City Hall.

  • Councillors are set to discuss the residents' parking zones at an extroadinary meeting of the Sustainable Development and Transport Scrutiny Commission on Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm. Anyone who wishes to speak at the meeting should email democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk by noon on Friday, May 24.
  • The following evening on Wednesday, May 29, there will be a Cabinet meeting from 4pm, where the Mayor is expected to make a formal decision on whether to go ahead with the parking zones proposals and begin public consultations on the schemes. More information will available closer to the date of the meeting. Anyone who wishes to address the Cabinet meeting can email democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk by Friday, May 24.